Can I Donate
Most people can donate blood, assuming they’re feeling well. People with many health conditions – like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol – can still donate blood if their condition is well managed.
Get Ready for Your Donation
The key to a successful donation is preparation. Below are a few steps you can take to make your donation as easy as possible.
- In the days leading up to your donation, eat iron-rich foods like beef, nuts, whole grains and leafy greens.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.
- On the day of your donation, make sure to eat a meal before you give.
- Wear short sleeves or a shirt where your inner elbow is accessible.